March 22, 2016

OUR REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT:

A Presidential Rebuke to the Saudis (THE EDITORIAL BOARD, MARCH 21, 2016, NY Times)

Mr. Obama has long regarded Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Arab countries as repressive societies whose strict interpretation of Islam contributes to extremism. In a blunt and lengthy discussion with Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic, Mr. Obama included the Saudis among other "free rider" allies that ask the United States to fight their battles for them and "exploit American 'muscle' for their own narrow and sectarian ends."

Mr. Obama, who has blamed Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Arab governments for encouraging anti-American militancy, also told Mr. Goldberg that the Saudis should try harder to "share the neighborhood" by achieving "some sort of cold peace" with their enemies in Iran.

Posted by at March 22, 2016 1:41 PM

  

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